On the 27th and 28th November our A-Level PE girls had the opportunity to attend the GSA Girls Go Gold Event that was held at Newcastle High School for Girls (GDST). The importance of a healthy, active lifestyle is universally accepted these days; knowing and doing are two entirely different things though and the girls had the opportunity to be inspired by elite athletes and learn from top-level professional about being part of, and working in, an elite sporting world.
A short flight and a pleasant stay in a Premier Inn later, we were ready for the day ahead!
Alex Danson – GB Hockey Olympic Gold Medalist 2016 – opened proceedings, with an inspirational speech about the value of a hard working, never give up attitude. She spoke about ‘being the difference’ and the importance of humility and teamwork. The girls were in awe of her drive and determination and, what such an attitude has allowed her to achieve. What a start!
We then set about our activities. We had 8 30 minute lectures across the day from a variety of providers – Dr Graham Wilkes (GB Lead Doctor in Rio) and Tom Staton (i/c Talent ID for Olympic Programme for the English Institute of Sport) were amongst those who spoke, along with a Higher Education show tailored to Sports specific courses. What an opportunity for our girls!
Finally, the day rounded off with a Q and A session lead by Anabel Croft, with Alex and Dame Sarah Storey (Britains most successful Paralympian). The ladies spoke about juggling education, a full-time job as an athlete and those who had supported them along the way. All in all, it was a phenomenal opportunity for our girls to be inspired by greatness and for others to confirm that, with hard work, the sky really is the limit!